North American railroads by revenue 2018

BNSF Railway is the leading U.S. class I freight railroad company, generating more than 23.8 billion U.S. dollars in operating revenue in 2018.

BSNF Railway

The railroad focuses on transporting freight commodities such as coal, industrial or agricultural products . In 2018, the company generated some 22.5 billion U.S. dollars in freight revenue and hauled more than 10.7 million carloads across the country. Its main competitor, Union Pacific, was second on the list in terms of operating revenue in that year, generating around 22.8 billion U.S. dollars from transporting freight like coal, industrial, chemical or agricultural products.

U.S. rail industry

U.S. railroads as well as their competitors in Canada are among the leading railway companies in the world. The United States has one of the longest railroad networks worldwide. In 2016, U.S. railroads transported some 17.7 billion tons of freight and demand is expected to grow; by 2040, more than 24 billion tons of freight will be hauled via U.S. railroads.

Leading North American railroads in 2018, based on operating revenue

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North America

Survey time period

FY 2018

Supplementary notes

The figures for non-U.S. railroads have been converted from Canadian dollars to U.S. dollars at a rate of 1 CAD = 0.73719 U.S. dollars (correct as of December 31, 2018).

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